Montana Outdoor Coalition

Help protect Montana's Outdoor Heritage

The Montana Outdoor Coalition exists to protect that outdoor heritage by standing up for outdoor recreation activities of all kinds—from hunting, fishing, and trapping, to motorized recreation on public lands, to birdwatchers, hikers, backpackers and enthusiasts of other outdoor activities.

We are not a green decoy group—we do not take money from out-of-state environmental groups who do not share Montana values.  The Montana Outdoor Coalition is made up of real sportsmen and sportswomen who are dedicated to protecting outdoor recreation in Montana.

Key Issues

Access

Outdoor recreation of all sorts is dependent on being able to access the places we love, but Montanans are increasingly finding it difficult to do so.  Thousands of miles of roads on public lands have been put off limits by federal land management agencies.  And funding for public access programs, like Block Managment, have not kept pace with increased demand.

We consider increasing access opportunities as one of the most important issues that we engage in, and we'll continue to fight to increase access for Montana outdoor recreationists of all types.  This can be done by pressuring state and federal agencies to restore and improve access that has been restricted in recent years, and by incentivizing private property owners to welcome outdoor recreation activities on their property.

Gun Rights

The right to keep and bear arms for personal protection and recreational activities is one of our most fundamental rights.  All outdoor recreationists need to stick together to protect gun rights for hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts.  The Montana Outdoor Coalition is committed to being a catalyst to bring together diverse interests who support gun rights.

Public Lands

The millions of acres of public land in Montana are a treasure that benefit all Montanans.  But we also have a responsibility to ensure those lands are properly managed and cared for.  Today that is not happening, in particular on federal land.

There should be a greater role for state and local government agencies on federal land management decisions, and less influence from out-of-state environmental groups.  The federal laws that are in place to prohibit the sale of public land should remain intact, but greater efforts should be made to ensure the public has access to public land.

Multiple Use

Montana's outdoors provides for an ever-expanding slate of activities. From hiking and fishing in the summer, to snowshoeing and hunting in the fall and winter, and everything in between.

Quite often, powerful special interest groups are able use tactics that close off swaths of large swathes of public land that had historically been multiple-use.  When that happens, the benefits go to the few and the price is borne by everyone else.  Sports-men and -women who have been able to access some trails for decades are instead turned away by new gates and fences.  It's important for Montanans to understand where and why this is happening, and to ensure that decisions on federal land use happens at the local level.

Just the Facts

A selection from our quick facts series.

True or False: Montana's Congressional delegation favors privatizing federal lands?

False for all three members of our Congressional delegation have consistently been on the record against privatizing public lands and improving access to public lands.  You can confirm for yourself by accessing the public lands statements for Senator Tester,  Senator Daines, and  Congressman Gianforte.

Claims to the contrary that any of these three politicians are attempting to sell or privatize public lands is a false political narrative.


True or False: Increasing amounts of public land are inaccessible in Montana?

False, most public land in Montana has legal access.  A study by a legislative interim committee in 2016 found that only 10% of public land in Montana did not have legal access via a public road, easement, or waterway.  And for many parcels in that 10%, permission-based access is available over private land.

The Montana legislature has prioritized funding for access easements to public land and put in place a new tax incentive program to increase access through private lands.

 

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